Spring migration underway (finally!)

After what seems like weeks of unsettled weather conditions, we've at last been able to enjoy a few days of calmer winds and the odd warm ray of sunshine. The mixture of southerly and easterly airflows has also enabled a slow but assured movement of spring migrants to pass through the island, although numbers are [...]

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From Ireland to the Island

After a brilliant ten days exploring Ireland's southwest coast - its rugged peninsulas, spectacular coastline, dramatic mountains and forested valleys - it was time to head back across the Irish Sea to Wales on Friday. Remarkably calm conditions prevailing beneath a high pressure meant we were also able to board the first boat back home [...]

A look at lepidoptera | Day 22 of 30 Days Wild

After a rather moist and misty start, the receding clouds and emerging sunshine revealed a sparkling vista of water droplets carpeting the island; everything from spider's webs to the delicate seed heads of grasses were laden with water, refracting the sun in a cliche but stunning scene! The fragrance of wildflowers and rich vegetation was [...]

30 Days Wild | Day 14

It was one of those rare mornings that dawned with barely a breath of wind - that unfamiliar sound of silence. As a consequence, I arose to the bubbling song of our two territorial Blackbirds adjacent the house; to the twinkling song of male Wrens, the chattering of awakening Swallows and more raucous cries of [...]

30 Days Wild | Day 13

Day 13 of #30DaysWild: we finally had a day with calm winds! It's been a busy day and I'm afraid today's post isn't particularly elaborate or content-heavy compared to those preceding blogs! I hope you've been enjoying the 30 Days Challenge at any rate - I've certainly had great fun seeing what others are getting [...]

A focus on dung: 30 Days Wild Day 11

For Day 11 of the 30 Days Wild challenge, I amĀ focussing on a group of insects few would consider to be at all glamorous: Dung Beetles. In reality, though, the Scarabids are a vitally important family of beetles that humbly go about their business and provide a plethora of valuable 'ecosystem services'. They are an [...]

30 Days Wild | Day 10

Even when the wind is howling, when ferocious seas batter the shoreline, and when curtains of heavy drizzle assail the land, there is always an abundance of wildlife to be discovered. Whilst much of the day was spent inside, preparing more tags to deploy on shearwaters and proof-reading the BBFO's 2016 Annual Report amongst other [...]